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The Building Blocks of Our Future: A Look at Quality Early Education

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REL Midwest and its Early Childhood Education Research Alliance will host a screening to preview the upcoming WFYI broadcast, The Building Blocks of Our Future: A Look at Quality Early Education. This broadcast raises awareness of the characteristics of high-quality early education experiences and what research indicates about how programs can incorporate academic content and developmentally appropriate practice. The program highlights three Indiana early childhood education programs that provide high-quality experiences for different student populations, including those in rural areas and those in poverty. The program also features interviews with teachers, parents, and research experts to provide multiple perspectives on early education programs.


Screening attendees will have the opportunity to do the following:

  • Gain familiarity with research on the characteristics of high-quality early childhood learning environments.
  • Learn about the importance of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education.
  • Learn about strategies and practical resources to help identify high-quality early childhood learning environments for children.

This event is designed to address the U.S. Department of Education’s priority area of early childhood education.


Expert Interviewees Attending the Screening


Nerissa Bauer, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University


Ena Shelley, Ph.D., Dean, College of Education, Butler University


Nathan Williamson, Director of Early Learning and Intervention, Indiana Department of Education


Kerri Wortinger, Director, Little Giants Preschool


Who Should Attend?


REL Midwest intends for this broadcast to reach early childhood administrators, parents, researchers and university faculty, SEA administrators, other school-level administrators, superintendents/assistant superintendents, and teachers.


Related Resources


Diamond, K. E., Justice, L. M., Siegler, R. S., & Snyder, P. A. (2013). Synthesis of IES research on early intervention and early childhood education (NCSER 2013-3001). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Special Education Research, Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved July 21, 2016, from